Bradley University professor and husband missing, foul play suspected

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PRINCEVILLE, IL – The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary and missing person complaint at approximately 9:00 p.m. Sunday at 22918 N Maher Road in Princeville. 

Susan B. Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron, both 63, have been reported missing.

Monday afternoon, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell held a press conference providing more information, to take questions and to ask for help in finding the couple.

The two were last reported seen on Thursday at work; they both work at Bradley University. 

“We do have persons of interest in relation to this that we’re currently talking to,” Asbell said. 

He said a family member called from the home to report the complaint. 

Asbell said he believes foul play was potentially involved, and there was evidence at the scene that some kind of act of violence occurred at the house. 

“We do know both vehicles were at home, so we’re not looking for a missing vehicle,” Asbell said. “At this time, we’re asking for the public’s help.” 

Bradley University President Gary Roberts sent an internal email to faculty and students that WMBD obtained, encouraging anyone with information to reach out to the police, and to provide support for one another.

“We are extremely saddened to report the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a missing persons case involving two Bradley employees. The case involves Dr. Susan Brill de Ramirez, Caterpillar Professor of English & Coordinator of Graduate Studies and her husband Antonio Ramirez Barron, a Technology Support Specialist in IRT. The pair was reported missing from their home on Sunday evening. If you or anyone you know has information, please contact the BUPD at 309-677-2000, Peoria County Sheriff’s Department at 309-697-7822 or Crimestoppers at 309-673-9000. Please be sure to check on your colleagues and support one another as the Bradley family deals with this situation.”

Those who have any information are encouraged to contact the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office at (309) 697-7822, or Peoria Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000 to do so anonymously. 

Watch the press conference with Asbell here:

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